Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Penny Froster Root Beer

I opened this an hour ago:

Penny Froster Root Beer



Brand: Penny Froster Root Beer.

Origin: Los Angeles, CA.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: This was a bit odd from the first sip. There's a strange weakness/smokiness to this. Once I got past that flavor, it was good, but I'm still not sure what to think of this. I'll give it an average score.

Score: 5 out of 10.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Unknown Dred Formula No 53 Road Rage Red

I needed a pick-me-up this morning, so I opened this "all purpose energy drink" with the weirdest label:

Unknown Dred Formula No 53 Road Rage Red

Unknown Dred Formula No 53 Road Rage Red
It *might* just be a random scuff, but one of the ingredients seems to be perfectly crossed out. Suspicious.


Brand: Unknown Dred Formula No 53 Road Rage Red.

Origin: Unknown.  Possibly Seattle, WA.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: "Cane sugar and/or fructose."

Review: I knew nothing about the flavor other than "road rage red." And at the top of the bottle it was called an "all purpose energy drink with a good taste and mellow finish."

But it did not have a good taste. Or a mellow finish.

It was Red Bull-like, but less sweet and not as good. It had that "red" flavor of red bull that I can't quite nail down. I couldn't drink more than a few sips of that. Stay away.

Score: 1.5 out of 10.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Indian Wells Black Cherry Soda

My boys and I spent a night in a camper cabin in southern Minnesota when it was -15 outside. We were toasty warm. After breakfast, I shared a large $6 bottle of soda with them:

Indian Wells Black Cherry Soda
In our camper cabin. (We were nearly all packed up, so it's empty.)

Indian Wells Black Cherry Soda
The wax seal over the bottle cap. Fancy.


Brand: Indian Wells Black Cherry Soda.

Origin: Inyokern, California.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: This was pretty fancy, so I was ready to not like it. First of all, I think it was about $6 for a 22 oz bottle of soda. Second, the wax seal. Third, it was made with "artisan spring water." And fourth, it was carbonated "in a special process using recovered naturally created CO2" which is about the biggest line of hippy bull-honkey I've ever read on a bottle of flavored sugar water.

But this ended up being good. Damn good. The black cherry flavor was both deep and crisp. It was really a "full bodied" soda, which is something I don't know I've ever said before. My boys loved it, but they love it any time they get a sip of my soda. This was a good final soda for 2017. Happy New Year!

Score: 9 out of 10.

p.s. Here's more photos from our chilly (but awesome) camping trip.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Fitz's Grape Pop

I opened this last night:

Fitz's Grape Pop


Brand: Fitz's Grape Pop.

Origin: St. Louis, MO.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Cane Sugar.

Review: This was quite good! I've mentioned before how I'm OK with "syrupy" sodas (and I figured this could be syrupy), but this wasn't too overly sweet. The grape flavor was strong and tasty. It was rich and full, but stopped before getting too sweet. A pretty good grape soda!

Score: 9 out of 10.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Hollywood's Original Shirley Temple Soda Pop

I cracked in to this earlier today:

Hollywood's Original Shirley Temple Soda Pop



Brand: Hollywood's Original Shirley Temple Soda Pop.

Origin: Mukilteo, WA.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar.

Review: This wasn't good. It was incredibly "sharp" and harsh. It had a very strong/strange strawberry flavor that was just too much along with the carbonation. I had a few sips over an hour, but I didn't come close to finishing this. Gross.

Score: 2 out of 10.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Zevia Cola

I stopped at Whole Foods today and tried this:

Zevia Cola


Brand: Zevia Cola.

Origin: Los Angeles, CA.

Purchase Place: Whole Foods, St. Paul, MN.

Sweetener: Stevia Leaf Extract.

Review: This wasn't great. It wasn't horrible, but I didn't care for it. The cola flavor was weak, and it was really "thin" like many diet sodas. It had a strange sharpness (that I think I get a lot from Stevia), but then a decent slightly fruity kick. Not great overall.

Score: 4.5 out of 10.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Fitz's Cream Soda

Yesterday, I opened this in my classroom:

Fitz's Cream Soda


Brand: Fitz's Cream Soda.

Origin: St. Louis, MO.

Purchase Place: Blue Sun Soda, Spring Lake Park, MN.

Sweetener: "All natural pure can sugar."

Review: This was OK. There was nothing too special about this. It was quite creamy, with a strong sweetness too it (nearly too much for this sugar-loving boy). I obviously didn't care for the (slight) over sweetness, but there was a slightly fruity flavor that helped this recover. Nothing stood out - it was OK but not amazing. This gets a middle-of-the-road score from me.

Score: 5 out of 10.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Stubborn Classic Root Beer

I'm sipping on this right now after class:

Stubborn Classic Root Beer



Brand: Stubborn Classic Root Beer.

Origin: Riviera Beach, FL.

Purchase Place: "Minnesota's Largest Candy Store," Jordan, MN.

Sweetener: Sugar.

Review: This is very unique. I wasn't sure I liked it at first. It almost has a butterscotch flavor - maybe a slight burnt butterscotch flavor. But it's not bad. I sure wouldn't call this "classic" root beer as they do, but it was an interesting twist on the classic root beer flavor. Smooth and creamy. Not bad.

Score: 6.5 out of 10.